Many family buyers may be interested in SUVs and MPVs, but the traditional large family car continues to make an excellent case for itself. Each one of our selection is available with a wide range of engines, allowing you to prioritize economy, performance or a combination of the two.
- If you’re looking for a stylish, practical, good-to-drive and cheap-to run family estate, then you can’t go far wrong with the Mazda6.
- The Mazda6 is one of the best handling cars on this list.
- Mazda’s engineers have perfectly balanced the 6’s suspension, so it offers a great deal of driver involvement with little body lean, yet still manages to insulate you from potholes and poor road surfaces well.
- The Mazda6 Tourer is also comfortable, well equipped and – while looks are subjective – a distinctively handsome car.
- recommended 2.2-litre diesel, which returns an excellent 67.3mpg, yet is powerful enough to get the Mazda6 from 0-62mph in just 9.3 seconds.
- Standard equipment levels are high, too, with all models featuring air-conditioning and cruise control, and with a large centrally mounted infotainment screen to control systems such as the DAB radio and Bluetooth.
Kia Optima saloon
- The Kia Optima comes with plenty of equipment and the company’s excellent seven-year warranty, while the recently introduced hybrid model improves economy, emissions and overall appeal significantly.
- The Optima is a handsome and generously equipped car and, while it was previously only available with a 1.7-litre diesel engine, the recent addition of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version brings the Optima out of the ‘also-ran’ category.
- The Optima hybrid attracts a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 7%, making it seriously appealing to the company-car drivers it’s (realistically) aimed at; fuel economy is also a strong point, as the hybrid Optima returns a (claimed) 176.6mpg.
- Inside, the Optima has a well-designed dashboard and standard sat nav is a welcome feature.
The entry-level Optima 2 has a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a reversing camera and DAB radio, as well as a leather steering wheel and gearlever, alloy wheels, air-conditioning and all-round electric windows.
There is a reason we ask customers to bring their cars back to the dealership for repairs. Your dealership mechanics are qualified the repair your vehicle safely.
Here is the list of funny and DANGEROUS Car Repairs – People did think differently….. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME
Stay Safe – Buckle Tight
Silencer – In Hanger
Beautiful – Side – Mirror
Handle with paper
Head (flash) Light
Besides the problem of space for cars moving on the road, space for a parked vehicle is a greater problem considering that private vehicles remain parked for most of their time.
Parking became a problem and cities were looking for a solution to park as many cars as possible on as little space as possible.
Today let’s explore the “World’s Largest Parking Lots“
Canada’s West Edmonton Mall (20,000 spaces)
This huge shopping complex will be able to satisfy your every need, including supplying you with a parking space in its huge parking lot; even more interesting factor is that it has made it into the Guinness Book of World records.
Disney World, Magic Kingdom and Epcot Lots (11,000 + 12,000 spaces)
The Epcot parking structure is the larger of the two, spreading over 160 acres, or about 7 million square feet whichever is easier for your mind to grasp. Maybe comparing it to 140 NFL football fields will help you understand its vastness even better.
Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (13,000 spaces)
This is North America’s Largest Parking Structure under one roof!!
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, McNamara Terminal (11,500 Spaces)
This enormous parking structure is the largest of its kind to have ever been completed at one time.
Universal Studios (10,200 spaces)
Another entertainment facility with a massive parking lot is Universal studios. It has a twin tower parking structure, with the South Facility being only slightly larger than the other one.
Paris banned old cars from its streets on Friday to reduce air pollution. Environmentalists hope this will also drive dirty vehicles from the centers of other European cities.
Data published by France’s public health agency this month showed air pollution kills 48,000 people each year in France, some 400,000 in Europe and around 3.7 million worldwide.
From Monday to Friday, any car registered before Jan. 1, 1997, will be barred from the city’s streets.
However, near the National Assembly and Champs Elysees avenue, some owners protested by parking their vehicles to denounce a ban they say will hurt poor people most and slash the resale value of their vehicles.
Marc Martin, who uses his ageing Peugeot van to deliver picture frames to clients says, “I drive 50 km per week, I don’t have the means to change vans so I will continue using it, I’ll get fined every week and there you go,” He also says, “And if it goes too far, I’ll close my business, people will lose their jobs, that’s it. What can I say, not much. This law is pathetic.”
The ban could be extended in 2020 to all combustion-engine cars more than nine years old, says Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Motorists who flout the ban face fines of 35 euros ($39) after an initial tolerance period, an amount that is set to jump at the end of the year.
According to a driver defense group, 40 million d’Automobilistes, more than half-a-million vehicle owners in and around Paris will be hit by this ban and they are going to take legal action to seek financial compensation for drops in the value of now-banned vehicles.
Norway is planning to ban petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles from 2025 and several Europian cities are testing various anti-pollution measures based on tolls for city center access or selective car bans during surges in pollution levels.
Semi trucks are extremely important for the world’s economy, they transport a significant portion of the world’s cargo — and that’s leading to a rash of innovation in the space that mirrors what’s happening in the automotive world. Automakers are working on a different system like Self-driving trucks, electric powertrains etc.
This time, Siemens has come up with a new technology called eHighway. The system is being tested on a two-kilometer stretch of the E16 highway north of Stockholm, Sweden in partnership with Volkswagen-owned Scania. The trial will use two diesel hybrid vehicles manufactured by Scania and adapted, in collaboration with Siemens, to operate under the catenary system.
The trial aims to create a knowledge base on whether the Siemens eHighway system is suitable for future long-term commercial use and further deployment.
“By far the greatest part of the goods transported in Sweden goes on the road, but only a limited part of the goods can be moved to other traffic types. That is why we must free the trucks from their dependence on fossil fuels so that they can be of use also in the future. Electric roads offer this possibility and are an excellent complement to the transport system,” commented Anders Berndtsson, chief strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration.
The sensor system enables a rod carrying current called pantograph to connect and disconnect from the overhead line at speeds of up to 90km/h. From the overhead catenary wires, the system draws power when the truck start the drive. Another great thing is that the truck travel with zero local emissions. Thanks to the hybrid system, operation outside of the contact line is also possible, thus maintaining the flexibility of conventional trucks.
Another eHighway demonstration project is being developed by Siemens in California. This Test will be conducted throughout 2017 to see how different truck configurations interact with the eHighway infrastructure in the vicinity of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.